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The captivating new novel from the critically-acclaimed and Baileys Women's Prize-winning author of A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING


The Lesser Bohemians

Eimear McBride
  • Imprint: Hogarth
  • On sale: September 20, 2016
  • Price: $26.00
  • Pages: 320
  • ISBN: 9781101903483
Contact: Rachel Rokicki

Eimear McBride’s award-winning and critically lauded debut novel, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, was hailed by the New York Times Book Review as a “future classic” and by The New Yorker as “blazingly daring”; The New York Review of Books praised it as “remarkable … [McBride pushes] further even than Beckett”; Vanity Fair called it “groundbreaking”; and NPR raved that the debut was “shattering … so alive … readers can’t help but be pulled into the vortex of this devastating, ferociously original debut.” It elicited widespread international praise, including comparisons of McBride to Edna O’Brien, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce. Moreover, it won almost every major literary award, including the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year award, the Goldsmiths Prize, and was a finalist for the Folio Prize and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Now Hogarth will publish McBride’s new novel, The LESSER BOHEMIANS, on September 20, 2016—a redemptive, captivating story about love and innocence, joy and discovery, the grip of the past and the struggle to be new again, set across the bedsits of mid-nineties north London.

McBride is at the top of her form, and The LESSER BOHEMIANS is nothing short of a linguistic marvel. The novel features all the fiery, visceral, and dazzling language that leapt off the page with A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing and which makes this novel equally propulsive; the reader is swept up in the poetry of this heart-wrenching love story. The LESSER BOHEMIANS centers on a young eighteen-year-old Irishwoman as she arrives in London to begin anew as a drama student. Then she meets an attractive older man. He’s an established actor, twenty years her senior, and the inevitable tumultuous and exhilarating relationship that follows is one that will change them both forever. McBride holds this couple’s love under her fierce gaze, giving us all a chance to remember what it’s like to fall hard for another. The LESSER BOHEMIANS is about innocence and sexual passion. At once epic and exquisitely intimate, it is a celebration of the dark and the light in love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: EIMEAR MCBRIDE was born in 1976 and grew up in Ireland. She currently lives in the UK with her family. The Lesser Bohemians is her second novel.

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